Thursday, February 14, 2013
Raiders to go after Porter?
By Tim Kavanagh
A year after installing GM Reggie McKenzie and HC Dennis Allen, the Oakland Raiders still have a lot of work to do in re-shaping their roster to be competitive in the NFL. There are some positions of strength, but a number of holes, and one of the biggest problem positions is CB.
Last offseason, there was speculation that the Raiders might target veteran CB Tracy Porter, as Allen was his position coach with the New Orleans Saints; however, this did not come to pass, and Porter wound up with division rival Denver. A free agent again in 2013, Porter could be on the Raiders' radar again, especially given that his price tag will likely be lower. ESPN AFC West blogger Bill Williamson explains:
Bill WilliamsonCould Porter and the Raiders connect?
"Porter dealt with affects of a summer seizure during the season and then he was unable to regain his job because Denver was so happy with young cornerbacks Chris Harris and Tony Carter. I could see a scenario where Denver and Porter mutually decide to move forward. After a tough season in Denver, he may not be overly sought after and he could come at a bargain. Thus, I can see a connection between Porter and Oakland as a short-term solution. A year after it seemed like Porter was out of Oakland's range, perhaps he will enter it this year."